Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 1.31.12

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her

Ephesians 5:25 

Pray
Father thank You for the love You share with me. That love overflows into the lives of other people I love and grow to love increasingly. Father let me love as deep and with as strong a commitment as Your son Jesus loves. Let me see the world as You intend, and let me approach life as You command. In Your name I pray for courage as I take my next step towards being more like Jesus. Amen.

Reflection
Imagine how life would be, how our world would be if men and women truly loved each other with the purpose, passion, devotion, honesty, conviction, and commitment as Jesus loves us. Think of a world without infidelity, abuse, dishonesty, violence, and cruelty. That would be a world that really represented God’s Kingdom. How can we impact our personal lives if we made an effort to be honest, faithful, committed, loving, and caring? Think about it and then share your thoughts. Enjoy your last day of January! Let’s get ready for February!!!

Love, 

Natasha 

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 1.30.12

Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. 

John 10:37 

Pray
Father as You continue to mold me, let me see the err in my ways, and fill my heart with the courage to fix my wrongs and work passionately to never repeat them. Free me Father from having a forked tongue, speaking one way that appears righteous and good, then moments later having the vocabulary of the vilest of people. 

I want to be more like Jesus, more like Moses, more like Joshua, Miriam, Bathsheba, and other honorable followers of Your light. I don’t want to just say I’m a Christian, take part in Christian activities, or attend church for the effect or affect, but rather I want to act, behave, think, and speak as You would expect of me. Mold me Father. Mold me. Amen.

Reflection
Until we speak, think, act, and live our lives like Jesus and as God expects then who can really trust that we are true believers and followers of Christ, and that we walk as Christ does? We must change our ways in order to see change in the world.

Love,

Natasha 

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 1.27.12

But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. You see that  a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. 

James 2:18, 19, 24, 26 

Pray
Father what can I do today to prove my devotion, faith, and trust in You? What can I do to show my desire to be a committed and righteous follower of Christ and ambassador to and for Your Kingdom? Show me who I can help today, who can I bless through the blessings You have bestowed upon me. Who can I lend a shoulder or ear to in their time of need? I give all thanks to You and Jesus, and in Your names I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Just don’t talk the talk, walk the walk. To receive grace you must give it, to receive favor you must share it, to desire forgiveness you must forgive others, be a helper to receive help in return, and if you want an abundance of blessings you must freely give to others. It’s easy to say, “I’m a Christian. I’m a believer…” but how are you living and who are you following? Are you walking around like Jesus or Judas Iscariot? It takes more courage to walk the walk, and be who you claim to be. Who are you?

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 1.26.12

Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy. 

Proverbs 12:20  

Pray
Father thank You for another day of life here on Earth. Thank You for the abundance of blessings, those I see and acknowledge, and those that I’m too naive to note. 

Father I pray that You continue to touch my heart, to mold me, and to breathe patience, love, purity, and joy into me. 

For those who would deceive or harm me, let me not stoop to their level, instead let me always raise my head above their dark clouds and step over their pit of drama. Whomever near or far who has evil thoughts against me, disdain for me, or a lack of respect for me, please touch their hearts Father. And touch mine also so that I do not focus and place attention on the qualities they lack, or what they are doing, have done, or could do to me—but rather let me see them as You do–as one of Your children.

Let me seek You in all times, that I might choose to always  walk in peace and not discord. There will always be moments in life that I am tested, tried, and pushed–but in those times please fill my heart with the light of forgiveness so that I do not carry someone else’s burden and make them my own.

In Jesus, the wayshower’s name, I pray to You. Amen.

Reflection
Focus on having a pure heart and mind, and not on what others are doing or not doing. While you pass judgment you leave yourself open and vulnerable to fall into their same pit of despair. Instead by protecting your heart and mind from negativity, evil, and darkness you can then pour an abundance of love on others, even your real or perceived enemies. Let your joy cast out their pain. 

Yes, it is difficult. If it were easy we would all be doing it and there would be no adultery, incest, addiction, murders, rape, abuse, assault, or wars. You have to work each day to be a better person, a better child and ambassador of our heavenly Father Mother. 

Be the example you want to see in others and in the world. 

Don’t lie or cheat because you were lied and cheated on. Don’t be abusive because someone abused you. Don’t steal because you feel robbed and empty. God knows who is faithful, loyal, trusting and trustworthy, loving, and honorable. He also knows who isn’t. 

There is NOTHING He doesn’t know, see, or hear.

Look inside yourself and then pray that the same qualities Jesus possesses are molded into your very essence, so that you can walk through each day more like him. 

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 1.25.12

Since you trust in your deeds and riches, you too will be taken captive….

Jeremiah 48:7 

Pray
Father I pray to remain focused; focused on You and focused on being fearless, trustworthy, honest, and loving. It is not my will but Yours that makes all things happen, for You grant me the freedom to make decisions, with the desire that I follow Your path not my own. 

Father I understand that by claiming my success as a product of my own doing, that I am dishonoring You and actually positioning myself for potential failure. I understand that chasing money instead of patiently waiting for Your favor to bring me financial wealth, sets me up for failure and a lack of internal or external wealth. I want my full trust in You, not me or someone else. I want my trust in You to express my understanding that all genuine gifts and blessings can only come from You, and anything else I rebuke. Lovingly I pray for Your continued molding. Amen.

Reflection
Trust in God not humans to love you unconditionally, make a way out of no way, to reveal the truth, to bless you, and to make you a better person. When you focus on “me, myself, and I” and on getting or staying “rich”, then you are actually spiritually bankrupt and risk becoming financially bankrupt. 

Trust God to reveal the truth about yourself and about others, you don’t need to dig or pry, you just need to ask Him. When the truth is revealed you have to choose whether to follow Him to freedom, joy and peace, or choose your own path. Ask God to mold the best of you to the surface so that you can best reflect Him in your daily walk. Ask God to press out and do away with the things about you that aren’t a representation of His goodness. Ask God to bring only good to you and bring out only the good in you.

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha 

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 1.24.12

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. 

Psalm 118:9 

Pray
Father I put my trust in You that You will reveal all things, always show me the Truth, always direct my path, never lead me astray or leave me by the side. You have always proven my intuition to be my direct and closest connection to and with You, and the more I rely upon that connection the more You reveal to me. Nothing or no one can be a mystery to me Father because You are the mystery solver, rock turner, eye opener, ceiling crasher…the all in all. For that and more I say thank You and I love You. Humbly I serve You. Amen.

Reflection
Whatever you want revealed to you, whatever truth you want discovered, just pray and put your trust in God to show you fully and expediently. He will always come through for you.

Love,

Natasha  

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 1.20.12

“Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 

Luke 18:17

Pray
Father today I see even more of Your awesomeness through the blessings I have received and those received by others, and in the innocence of children. I want to walk fearlessly through life like a small child. I want to see the world, laugh and play like a child does. I want to embrace love, and embrace my fellow brothers and sisters lovingly like a child…pure and without regret. Show me how Father. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Look in the eyes of a child and then look at your own in the mirror, if you don’t see and feel that joy, purity, authenticity, and sense of being protected– then you need to ask our Heavenly Father to help restore your childlike essence. Once you do, prepare yourself to be amazed!

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 1.19.12

In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 

John 16:23 

Pray 
Father thank You. Thank You for today, for my life, and for my loved ones. I am blessed and highly favored because of You, and because Your son Jesus showed me the way to You, and keeps me in line with Your vision for me. You know my heart and You know my desires, those that I need and those that I merely want. You have blessed me in times I wasn’t expecting it, and You made me wait for certain gifts until You knew I was ready with baskets to be filled. I thank You. 

Thank You for sending people in my life as a lesson in discernment, for there have been people that You knew I could trust and rely on, and that there would be some wolves in sheep clothing waiting to pounce on me and my dreams. The closer I get to You, the stronger my discernment becomes, and I thank You Father. 

Please rid me of fear and negativity. Please fill me with Your light and love. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
What you ask for you receive. The question is, are you asking for the right things or are you allowing certain things to manifest out of fear or greed? We must always think about this using our heart, and ask in a way we think Jesus would, and have faith that God will provide those things we need the most.

Someone extremely close to me that I love dearly had a need and they didn’t know how to solve an extremely huge money issue. I told that person that God had it handled, that they just had to pray and believe. The next day ideas rolled into their mind. Almost two weeks later the money issue has basically been resolved. Don’t tell me what God can’t or won’t do. 

Once you believe and know that you are blessed and highly favored, you walk in the confidence of God’s light, with the wisdom to cast away fear and doubt. It is not arrogance or being pompous to claim your blessings and the Father’s favor in your life. By declaring it, you are now a living and walking testament to His Word and to His promise. By declaring it, you stand as an example before and for Christ. 

To build God’s Kingdom, to spread the Word, to heal the world, we must testify and we must let others know that we are blessed and highly favored–because what we have earned, learned and overcome is only due to His will and grace. 

Are you ready to testify? 

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha 

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 1.17.12

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

1 John 4:18

Pray
This same day last year Father, I prayed on and shared this passage with Your children, and reflected on fear and its inability to be of and by You. 

Fear and love just as fear and faith cannot co-exist. I cannot live truthfully and righteously in love or faith if fear is present, and the same is true in reverse. 

Since we are Your children and Your reflection, and You are perfect–then we too are perfect and have no reason to fear. 

Father if I put my total trust in You there is an immediacy in seeing the Truth, immediacy in my healing, and in overcoming my fears and challenges. The abundance I seek is mine once I let go of fear and embrace love and faith. 

I want to experience true love Father as You know it, and as You want me to see it, feel it, and know it. I want to walk in authentic faith without question, hesitation, or selfish motives. I want to experience the growth and satisfaction that comes from skydiving with You, letting go, and surrendering every care and concern to You. 

You know my struggles, fears, pain, frustration, sins, and what is in my heart and mind. Help me to take my next step towards freedom. Help me to take my next step towards truly understanding, embracing and living in, with, and for love. Help me Father. I praise Your name today as all days. Amen.

Reflection
I try to not repeat the same scriptures shared from previous postings, even from years ago. I believe that the Bible has more than a lifetime of passages to pray and reflect on. Today however, something happened that motivated me to share this one again. As I was searching and seeking out passages that would hit home for me, that would help me to drive down fear, I ran across this passage. When I checked my notes and discovered I had shared this before, I at first decided to move on and find another passage. Then I saw the date. 

What’s the likelihood that exactly one year from the date of my post that I would select the exact same passage, dealing with the exact same issues?

Except this time, this year, something in me is different; there is growth, maturity, resolve, and a determination to finally embrace my truth–God’s Truth–for me–for all of us.  That truth is, that we have nothing to fear. We shouldn’t even fear the concept of fear, or being consumed by it.

Some things we overcome immediately or in a short period of time, some things require longer amounts of time as we struggle to face reality that no matter how much we claim to be control freaks we have absolutely no control over God. Then for some of us it takes a lifetime to get to the point where we finally face and rebuke what we feared most. Others leave this realm consumed by fear. 

Now I can tell this reflection may get deep and lengthy so please keep walking with me as we work this out together. 

I’ve always feared being hurt, betrayed, losing a loved one, failure, and at times success (now how’s that for a twist?). For as long as I can recall I’ve feared death, never getting married and having children, obesity, and quite possibly even poverty (but not that much).

What do you fear? What did you used to fear that you eventually overcame?

What I’ve come to fully realize is that as long as I fear these things they will always and most certainly manifest in my life. But also, that some things just happen. Someone will hurt and betray me, I will fail at some things and succeed at others, and I will lose loved ones either in failed relationships or in death. So why fear these things? 

So I check off those boxes.

While at the same time, I’ve never been obese, so why wouldn’t I think that with continued exercise and healthy living that I wouldn’t remain in a healthy weight range? So why fear obesity? 

So I check that box off.

 God has always blessed me financially with what I needed most when I needed it most. He’s blessed me with family and friends who would never let me go without or live on the streets. He’s blessed me to live comfortably even in uncomfortable times, so why fear poverty?

Box checked. 

As far as children go, there are plenty of options that God will present when the time is right. Now the marriage thing, well, that’s definitely something to leave for God to work out. We see what happens when we try to force things to be magical, there’s usually more fizz than pizzazz. I’ve visualized my future and it’s bright and filled with an abundance of love.

Check the box. 

I’ve finally opened my eyes to see (not just recite in desperation) that God has the perfect idea, plan, place, and time for all things that will take place in my life. The same is true for yours!

Physical death is real in that we leave these shells we call bodies, but we continue to live in another level of existence. Even if you would rather consider an eternal rest as your final point, isn’t there life in resting? So do we fear not being here, or leaving before we’re ready? 

My fear was leaving before I was ready. I’m one of those who want to live well-past the age of 100 so that I might watch,  mentor, teach and learn from many generations to come. Who says that can’t still happen? But if it doesn’t, there’s nothing I can do about that. For just in life I have no genuine power to control when I enter or leave this world. So I decided some time ago that I must let this fear go, cast it away, and relish in every second that God blesses me. This is true for all of our fears.

We must embrace what God has in store for us. Think of all the experiences and adventures ahead of you. We must ask God to fill our cups so that they run over, so that we have more to bless others with. Everything happens when it’s supposed to happen, and as long as you stay out of the way, you will have more blessings than you could ever imagine. 

Thank you for breaking bread with me today, and for walking with me as we addressed some of the fears that haunt and cripple millions of people each day. 

Today cast another fear into the nothingness pit!

Love always,

Natasha 

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 1.16.12

Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 

Isaiah 40:28 

Pray 
Father since You never grow tired or weary You are always making things happen, watching over Your children, and creating the inconceivable. While I may grow tired, You are the fuel and strength I need to get up each day; to work, study, and be a blessing to others. Father Mother You are the light that destroys darkness, evil, sin, sickness, and disease. You are the love that brings people together to stand up against injustice everywhere for all of Your children. To believe in You is to believe in myself. To doubt You is to doubt myself. So if I doubt myself then I am disrespecting You, because in turn I am also doubting You and Your power. 

I can see clearly that I am in You and You are in me and we can never be separated or incomplete. I will continue to face my fears, laugh through my frustrations, smile in the face of those who despise me, envy me, doubt me, and don’t truly know me. I won’t invest one minute in the realm of negativity. I won’t back up one foot to fear. I won’t hide from challenges. Because none of those actions are representative of You and Your greatness, and since I’m of You, I can’t and I won’t allow myself to live any other way but great. 

Thank You Father. Thank You for loving me enough to patiently wait for me to open my eyes, see, make the decision, and take the first step to living the right way… Your way! To You I give all thanks. Amen.

Reflection
If you are God’s child then why would you not act, behave, speak, think, and live accordingly? Why doubt yourself if God doesn’t doubt Himself? Why be fearful if God fears nothing?

Think back to your childhood before you had fears; before you knew about the boogie man, the danger of heights, that some dogs bite, that there are poisonous plants, snakes and spiders; that there have been reported elevator, train, vehicle, airplane, helicopter, and bus crashes. Think back to the time before you learned about judging people based on their color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, political views, etc. Think back to when you just saw another child and although they looked different than you in your mind there was no difference because they too were just a child. 

Can you remember? 

That was the time you were most loving and forgiving, fearless, most curious, and had a spirit that wanted to know all, see all, experience all, question all, and live each day to the fullest. You didn’t want a nap because you didn’t want to miss out on anything. You didn’t want to go to bed at night because you just knew something exciting happened when you were asleep. 

Where did that child go? Where did that purest form of God’s reflection go? Find that child inside of you. Find that fearless and loving child and walk through life with your head up, back straight, eyes and mind alert, and ready to accept any and all challenges. When you find your inner child let me know so he/she can meet up with mine and they can help to save the world together.

Love,

Natasha 

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